Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium on 1977-02-26
- Sugaree (d1t05) 6:59 - 7:01 there is a funny reel generated boo boo
- PITB (d2t01) 8:42 another reel problem
- Franklin's (d2t09) there is a reel change in there that is one of the better ones we've heard.
ALL of these are in every copy I have heard and are believed to be from the Master Reel.
Subject: Hmm how does that song go
Subject: You tube Downloads
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVwsrdgKuKvEKy08lDZg6CQ (YouTube has many Dead Shows)
2. Find tracks, copy and paste into website:
3. Close any pop ups.
4. Download and save file into folder.
5. Open Media Player and find files.
6. Any questions ask your kids or grandkids...
Subject: God I miss these days...
Anybody remember the beautiful Rick Griffin Stage Banner? Wasn't that the tour when Mickey rejoined the band?
I remember seeing Berdoo Angels all over the place... quite a glorious night.
Subject: is there anywhere to download this show?
Subject: The Sea will part before me...
it is played with gusto by Garcia.
good to hear Donna Jean's harmonies..
It took until somewhere in middle of Estimated
to read all the reviews for this show.
And thankfully the reviews flow pretty well
to the music...
That P.I.T.B is BLAZING.
Drummers during Wheel.
And a beautiful Playin' reprise---
-Weir's sweet choices -Samson, Music, Dancin
And of course EYES!!!
But both sets-- every tune :)
Hearing PROMISED in the 2nd set is a nice treat
Dancin in the Street is not Disco
it is Grateful Dead -Funkadelic.
On a 5 scale this is a 5.9
More FREAKIN' Dead!
(Note- This is a revised review)
Subject: The West is the Best
I wasn't at this particular show, but it is a great one and I can hear it from the start. No need to download... just enjoy as is. Peace, Love, and the Dead forever
Subject: Grate Terrapin Keith Smokes!
Subject: Today is the day
Subject: fav of 77
and by far my the best Estimated. his solo is so melodic and tasty...CREAM DREAM.
Subject: Best sounding source
Enjoy the beginning of a beautiful year!
Subject: Perfect mama tried
Subject: In the pocket!
I like the Phil solo at the Eyes > Dancin' transition.
Subject: great shows but
Subject: New upload (upgrade) for this show
Subject: ice pick to forehead
Subject: Dig the Dancin
Subject: a must listen show
i just came across this today and thought you guys mght enjoy reading it:
this is Robert Hunter writing to jerry and talking about Terrapin:
"Seems like you'd had the vision of the music about the same time I had the vision of the words, independently. Terrapin. Shame about the record, but the concert piece, the first night it was played, took me about as close as I ever expect to get to feeling certain we were doing what we were put here to do."
kinda puts everything in perspective and makes you hear it a little differently, or, at least it did for me. those 2 are just pure musical genius. oh, and if youre interested, here
's the link to the entire letter to jerry that robert hunter wrote to him a year after he died. it a VERY good read, touching too.
scroll down to the 5th post...also has RH's eulogy for jerry
Subject: Love this show
Truly love the freshness of this night where they seemed to be taping into a new sound that had the entire band excited. The entire crew is on and the singing is some of the best of the entire year. Playing-wise they are tight, experimenting and clean. Love Keith and Donna on this night and as many have mentioned Phil is in the Z and Jerry so melodic.
Looking forward to getting the 77 box set from late May, but not expecting any of those shows to be at this level. Hopefully, I'm wrong, but this night has some much to love.
Subject: hi 5 ! check out matrix recording also!!!
like a kid in the candy shop, sugar on snow !!!!
help>slip>frank>Music on and on...................
4 me this is the "breakpoint" 4 the DEAD , this being the 1ST terripin, estimated and 1 other,
sorta pre 2/26/77 and post 2/26/77
a good place to "cut the deck" if one could do so.
1 of the finest matrixes ever enjoy my bookmarks
Subject: a limey deadhead's view
I only saw the GD eight times - and The Dead once - so having this Archive resource is truly wonderful - I listen to the Shows from History almost every day.
The one thing I can't get my (dead)head around (and around) is the clamour to make shows downloadable. Why, in this age of smartphones and portable devices, do they need to be downloadable? The shows are easily accessible as they are - why the need to "own" it? Just enjoy it and move on to the other one. It's free - what more can be asked?
Thanks to all - band, crew, deadheads, archive, Charlie Miller and all the other uploaders. Magnificent effort. Where would we be without it
Subject: nice Eyes...
I'm digging this era.
Subject: was it ever
man i miss these guys,more than anything in the world.the dead made more people dance,sing,played over the years like the winds blow.thanks for making this happen,i sure wish i could get some visuals along with these tunes,theys in my mind though,and they will never leave.
peace kids,be nice and play safe,
ahh,long live the dead!
Subject: Gerry the Great
augy must be given credit for volume.still haven't got round to reading it yet.The nay sayers should disappear. like this ain't u-tube.
a brilliant be-times recording, & all be thankful for the tech'ology that let's us listen.
congrats to ALL concerned,Et muchos Gracious,
The What's so Funny 'bout Peace Love & Understanding,
should sometime' from the Brinsley Schwartz man I know (almost) well appear here, & PL& U to all,
Tell me if it's around.
Subject: Eyes > Dancin' is hot hot hottttt
Subject: not a good terrapin station
but the recording is surprisingly good.
by the way, it seems like some slipped something into Phils ... water. or maybe he thought his bass wasnt plugged in and was over-compensating for it!??
Subject: First Review
I might have smoked a little, but I rarely got as high as many people did for these shows. I mention this simply to point out that my perceptions were not drug induced. From the first note it was pure magic; the energy, the huge, perfect sound with the deepest bottom I've ever heard, the astonishing musicianship.
I'm sure that a lot of the great energy came from the audience. Truly a legendary Dead/Audience mind meld. To this day, that live concert experience hasn't been equalled, even by the Dead.
email me at email@example.com for DL instructions.
Live. Love. Share the Grateful Dead.
Subject: A legendary show
Subject: I catch slack all the time for saying this but.....
Subject: Just for clarification
Subject: Swing Baby Swing
Subject: Great breakout show
Subject: Best Sampson & Delilah that I have ever heard!
Subject: A seventy-seven what else
Subject: SBD quality of this??? as if i needed my mind blown anymore...
Subject: I have this show
Subject: NEED A COPY!!!
If you have this show...
Can someone help out a fellow man and send this to my email if you have a copy.
Subject: MMM MMM GOOOOD
Subject: Best Recording, period.
1) captures the thick, rich bass of Phil Lesh
2) records the band in peak performance
3) awesome overall sound quality that every sound man dreams of
4) Several songs played for the first time
What more can be said? This IS the SH!T.
Did Betty not pay her 1987 storage unit rent on purpose? Without her screw-up, none of these tapes would have leaked to the public. Thank you, Betty!
Subject: Only show with no drums and Jerry into a Moog I ever saw!
The Swing was a strangely built building for a concert! (By the way it no longer exists because apparently a plane crashed into it after E.L.P., being the last band to play there shortly after Grateful Dead played there in Dec. '80; (which was also a great show, and the only one I ever passed out at, but that's another story)! (What the hell does E.L.P. have to do with it, nothing other than the coincidence which I explain below). The following if you'll bare with me, is some historical context of this show and as you know, it started a new era for the band, in addition to simply the new compositions that is, also new devices facilitating the new compositions etc.
Starting with what is simply weird about the Swing but of lesser significance, since it's only noticeably on the audience tape; I got from a fellow who recorded from "a" balcony. Why I saw "a" balcony is because, there were only balconies on either side, yet not in the back like most rectangular buildings, such as, for example, Winterland or the Oakland Aud. (Kiaser). Those had their long axis running to and from the stage.
The Swing on the other hand, was at a 90 degree angle to more common configuration, i.e. it's width was much longer than it's length from the stage towards the audience. Hence, the audience tape I had before the "Betty Board" came out, sounded very lopsided! Despite this, it had an uncut "Franklin's Tower" unlike the first board I got! However, unfortunately the fellow from whom I got my first board copy, was unwilling to let me do the dub it myself, yet he didn't pay enough attention to the contents of recordings were prior to copying it. So consequentially, I lost the intact audience "Franklin's Tower" having been recorded over with the board which was cut in "Franklin's Tower". So, I was relieved that it's been patched here!
What's more significant but not readily apparent, is the mention of "technical difficulties" by Bob Weir early in the first set; (not that equipment delays were very unusual but this one was unique). That is, here Steve Parish was rigging Garcia into a Moog synthesizer which Keith played ever so briefly!
One gets the distinct impression that Keith apparently disliked electric keyboards. This is understandable given how primitive synthesizers were at this early time! Moreover Billy K. was interviewed in B.A.M. magazine around the time of Brent's first show, stating there was room for improvement in the technology which came since obviously they used them extensively later on. How much did this have to do or not with Keith's eventual exit from the band? I did hear something when Brent came in the band, that they were looking for "more sustain", as can be produced with electric keyboards.
Other evidence for this is a show a Texas later this same year, but I wasn't in attendance so I can't say for sure yet Keith seems to have left the stage after very briefly playing an "electric" during the beginning of "Playin' in the Band"? (Perhaps it's not appropriate to characterize Keith in this way since at least the following year he played for example, at the outdoor show at my alma mater when I was a freshman, at U.C. Santa Barbara, an electric "Fender Rhodes" piano), as well as an organ on a few tunes during his first rehearsals in '71.
So, back to Garcia, who just started using the "Unity Gain" effects loop into his volume knob on his guitar five months prior to this, at the show the day before my first show (i.e. the 1st one with "The Who" at Oakland Stadium" 1976/10/9). Here at the Swing was the first use of the new "Mutron" envelope filter, (synthesizer-like device), which still at this early time apparently had to be piped through a Moog synthesizer, configured as such for this debut of "Estimated Prophet" yet it was odd to see Jerry plugged into Keith!
Now, I'm not saying Dead Heads in general feel as my personal friends at the time did who weren't too enthused by bands such as E.L.P. which among others used synthesizers extensively, however I was more open minded. I remember pointing out to my friend as Steve Parish was plugging Jerry into the Moog since we were up in the front of this $7.50 general admission concert.
The state of the art at the time was that synthesizers could only play a single note at a time i.e. monophonic, and only Keith Emerson at the time had a keyboard capable of polphony until later. Another coincidence, is that the only other famous professional guitarist that I ever saw play live using a "Travis Bean" guitar besides Jerry Garcia was Greg Lake, (Jerry's had a sticker on it saying "The enemy is listening"); not that that has anything to do with it but it is still true!
Some of you may remember around '89ish when briefly, (which I only saw once at The Forum in Inglewood, Ca.), Parish bring out a gray Stratocaster with a big box, (Roland Synthesizer?), attached to the bridge for Jerry to noodle on during the "Improvisation" section; (I refuse to call it "Space", since there is no air in outer space, hence no sound). I knew folks who felt this is one of the best early renditions of "Slipknot!" I myself am kind of bias, since it was the only one I saw before they brought it back out at Tempe, Ariz. in '83!
Subject: Great show :)
Turn it up and grab those glow sticks, here comes the Dead :)
Subject: Magically delicious!
Subject: One of the best!
Subject: none better
Subject: Very cool show
Subject: What a great show!
Regards Karl - Henrik
Subject: One of the best
I first heard this one with a full head of fungus in 1985. The joy remains. During the experience, we decided to write down the words to Help on the Way. Still have the notebook, and the words are written down about 35 times, script, all caps, switching lines, backwards, different colors, different colors for each work, different colors for each letter in a pattern, you get the idea. What a trip.
The fun in this show never ends, just gets better.
Subject: I'd like a copy of this show too if anyone can hook me up
Subject: Great show!!!
Subject: Top 5!
The boys leave nothing in their trucks when they step on stage at Swing. Jerry immediately pulls out his new song Terrapin Station. Much to the delight of the crowd but they have no idea what was played! But they loved it. Bobby gets behind his Minglewood Blues for a shaker that you'll love. But the premier song of this entire show is number 4 in the lineup. Bobby wrote a song with rhythmic trippy sounds. Wow...what a great song and what a great name! Folks I must declare that in this case, the best version of Estimated was the first ever played. Mickey has a skippy symbol beat that isn't found in future versions, and Phil puts down some loud bass notes during the chorus to give this song some depth.
********* Bong Break *********
Wow couldn't even get through the first 4 songs without needing to take a break, a refresher. Now that I'm on my way to seeing the prophet himself, I must opine the greatness of the ending of the first set. Playin > Wheel > Playin is simply masterful. For those of you who like the break-neck 1972 Playin' jams, the 1973 jazzy-intermediate Playin' jams, and 1974 mostly jazzy Playin jams, you get a huge dose of trippy Garcia wah wah sounds on this! This is a magical Playin' because the boys actually do coalesce into a furious epileptic seizure 2/3 of the way through. The wheel and the Playin' reprise is brilliant way to end the first set.
Things only get better in the second set. Samson and Jed get our taste buds primed after the intermission, and Garcia gets a hole-in-one with The Music Never Stopped. But how does the band play Help > Slip > Franklin so well after such a long break? Slipknot is especially teasing and really fulfills the empty space in your head from all the pot you just smoked.
But wait, the gig is not nearly over - Eyes of the World is just as solid as a steel bar. Garcia flies like a butterfly in the beginning notes, the song is not played too slow nor too fast (some 1977 versions Eyes are too fast in my opinion) and Phil allows us to melt into Dancin' like butter in a microwave. They pull out Around to get you dancin' and then send us all home with US Blues.
This is most definitely Top 5, and frankly I would not hesitate to put this #1 for the year. I've listened to Eyes of The World only about 85 times it's so good. Just for the record my Top 5 for this year includes
with serious honorable mentions to
Dr. Steve Garcia :)
Subject: My Favorite from This Era
Subject: Nice send-off
Solid 5 star rating (like this is a surprise)
Subject: Yes please!!
Subject: copy of show
thanxmikey on etree for others.
Subject: dig Keith
Subject: Freakin Beautiful
Subject: I'm on the edge of my seat !! But where find it ?
Subject: Dosed at the Swing
Subject: Best Playin' Ever
I was only three years old at the time of the show!
If youre looking for the raw energy and struggle inside the whirlwind of the breakaway after the first verse of Playin
then go no Further. This is what I call the magic inside the storm. Its uncertainty, its out there, its creative, its accurte and experimental.
You can hear the effort to let go and somehow its harnessed and controlled chaos that blends so well together.
Help/Slip/Frank is awesome. This is just a fantastic show all together so dont even hesitate to d/l this show.
Subject: First Terrapin
Subject: Phil leads the band
Subject: Scarlet>Fire>Good Lovin???
Subject: love this show
Subject: what can ya say??
I am willing to do a few B&Ps if any one interested. I should tell ya i live in Canada that can complicate things a bit, but i'm sure it can be worked out.
Subject: swing bling
Subject: Great listen
Happy to trade/share with some responsible listeners, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And btw, if you would like to DL the _vbr.mp3 files for any streaming show, you can do as another reviewer mentioned, or if you use Firefox, right click the m3u file when it downloads in the download manager, select properties and get the specific FTP server address. Then using an FTP client, you can download the show. This method, depending on your connection, is a little faster.
Subject: Incredible show, incredible sound
Subject: THE 1ST LIVE TERRIPIN
Stream the show ...go to sleep ..wake up in the morning and drag and drop from your internet cashe'..just don't forget to increase your internet cashe' folder meggage..all files will be there just like before ...
Subject: Hot Damn
PS the scarlet - fire is from 5/5/77 war memorial colesium somewhere in conneticut and is a beaut.
Subject: Kick down at the Swing
The june Winterland shows 6th through 9th are my favorit. I pull it out more often than alot of other 77 stuff. This is obviously coming the heels of a very high time everyone from the band to the fans knew this was a peek and good times for the music and scene. Talk about family and old school and all that kind shit this was it. After month of May the band got about a week off and played a show at the Forum in LA. Then a 3 night run was booked at the Winterland. Those shows are the culmination of the previous month the new songs, old bust outs and the high groove they were on. Thats so sick, The bands having a blast fans are are going bonkers and there returning home to the Winterland to show its fans whats been going down and they crush it. The music from this tour is so fluid timing,jamming,solos and singing all flow so nicely like orange sunshine on a breezy
psychedelic spring day.
Subject: Free the Soundboards
Subject: Its been a long time.
Subject: why oh why
There's just one.
Subject: I want it all!
Subject: Hey Rosely
Subject: Another 77 Gem!
Subject: Great start
Then the show seems to lose steam. Franklins Tower gets repetitive towards the end, and the band seems to run out of ideas after that. There are much better Eyes in previous 4 years, and better Scarlet->Fires later in the year.
Subject: better late than never
Subject: what more can be said?
Subject: ahh 77.... dead heaven!!!
Subject: VA Head
Subject: First live Terrapin!!!!!!!!!!
This show is all around bad ass! I enjoy listening to it equally as much as 5/8/77 and any other May 1977 show. PITB>The Wheel>PITB is really special this night! I highly recommend this show to all deadheads. And sound quality is brilliant! I have to mention that this may be the best I've ever heard Keith play! Especially on Terrapin..he is perfect!
Subject: I am blown away
Phil drops some pure liquid bass on Eyes, and the Dancin' jam is one for the ages.
The Scarlet->Fire (from some other show?) is one of the best ever (maybe 5/8/77 is a little better)
But the sound of this recording far surpasses any of the Cornell show I have found.
This should not be missed!
Subject: scarlet>fire....good lovin'
Subject: Best show ever
Subject: Could be the best one ever.............
Phil is nuts on the Help>Slip>Frank. And I'm not that big a fan of the later Dancin's, but this is my second favorite version behind 6-14-76.
Finally, U.S. Blues is the way to end a show like this, not the way they ended Cornell.
I just came off a road trip. I listened to this show and 5-8 back to back. And afterward I couldn't believe there was even a comparison.
Oops forgot the perfect Terrapin opener! Now my thoughts on this song are that it only got worse over time because it really didn't lend itself to improv as much. Jerry just got sloppy over the years, but this is absolutely perfect and it's the icing on the cake.
NO! the real icing is the perfect sound quality of this download!
Bottom Line: Number 1 download in my book. Now check out 4-29-71.
Subject: hate to burst bubbles, but...
Subject: This or Barton?
Subject: 61st Review for this show...
Subject: Scarlet and Good Lovin
Subject: This absolutely kills
Subject: Amazing Sound & Setlist
Subject: The 'Swing' has
Subject: Tons of energy. Excellent sound quality.
Subject: Another Awesome Dead show
Subject: Great Sound and Set
One of the best shows I have ever heard. Love it, Love it, Love it.
I'd give it 10 stars if I could.
Subject: Holy terrapin!!!
Subject: Thanks LAMA
Subject: anyone seen my face?
Subject: No Argument Here
Subject: Ultra Classic!
Subject: Phil power
Subject: This one gets my vote as best show
Subject: possibly the best of all time
Subject: What did the GD sound like?
Subject: Great show
Subject: I love this show!
Subject: Scarlet>Fire Filler
Subject: This is how music was meant to be played!
Subject: Swingin at the Swing!
Subject: apocryphal Scarlet Fire?
Oh yeah- as for the show, what can I say? A classic. This source sound better to me than the other available. Do it now!
Just get it if you don't already. A must have in my opinion.
Subject: Slice of Heaven
Subject: Oh My God...
this show's crisp!
I can't believe what i'm hearing!
gotta be one of the best here folks .
Subject: Great Acid < New tune and a Great griffin backdrop
Subject: TERRAPIN STATION
Subject: Why so many reviews?
But what makes this a 5 star show is the Eyes>Dancin' towards the end of set 2. The transistion between these 2 songs is so sweet. Phil thumps along for a minute or two and then before you know it, Jerry dials in the Wah-Wah and off we go. Like another reviewer put it, this Dancin' ROCKS! The ending chord progressions Jerry plays is some of his finest. To end this show with Around and US Blues is a crime!
Subject: This Show Rocks!!!!
Subject: Not much of a dead-head
I had a copy a few years ago of this show, which I lent to my friend and he destroyed. Until now, I forgot the date, but I'm glad I found it again. First terrapin/prophet... SICK SICK SICK!
Download this show AT ONCE! MAKE NO HASTE! (just look at the 20 people who reviewed this show that gave it 5 stars, including yours truly).
Subject: close your EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Help>Slip>Frank's is sweet also! This date is my b-day too :)
Subject: disco dancin'
another wonderful upgrade from one of my over-duped maxell XLIIs.
Subject: My first time
Subject: Terrapin Station's Grand Opening
Subject: the only review you need to read.
Subject: still hanging from the slipknot.
Some really delightful teases of China Cat in Franklins calm the tension from slipknot...Peace on Earth.
Subject: get it for the terrapin
Subject: great show
Subject: Grateful Phil
Subject: San Bernardino!
Subject: the mighty swing!
Help>Slipknot.But the rare Playin>Wheel>Playin that closes Set 1 is alone worth the price of admission.Incredible jamming!! A must for any true
Deadhead. Get this one folks.
Dr. Flashback :-)
Subject: There will be a superior SBD source for this show available soon.
Subject: grab it